Tarantula Woman

Tarantula Woman

by Donald O'Donovan

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BN ID: 2940012669483
Publisher: Open Books
Publication date: 02/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 319 KB

About the Author

Donald O'Donovan was born in Cooperstown, New York. A teenage runaway, he rode freights and hitchhiked across America, served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, lived in Mexico, and worked at more than 200 occupations including telephone psychic, undertaker and roller skate repairman.

A former long distance truck driver, he wrote Confessions of a Bedbug Hauler while running 48 states and Canada for Schneider National. As a volunteer at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles he recorded several western novels, and subsequently studied voice acting with James Alburger and Penny Abshire. O'Donovan lived for two years at the historic Wilshire Royale Hotel while writing Tarantula Woman (Open Books, 2011), and wrote the first draft of Night Train (Open Books, 2010) on 23 yellow legal pads while homeless in the streets of LA.

An optioned screenwriter and voice actor with film and audio book credits, Donald O'Donovan lives mostly in Los Angeles.

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Tarantula Woman 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Cottontail on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I would not recommend this book to anyone. I could not get into the story. It has a lot of vulgar language and sexual descriptions, which I felt were degrading to women. Being from a town near El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico I thought I could relate in some way, but I could not. I read through to chapter 5 giving the book every chance I could to get better, but it did not. So I did not finish reading it. Maybe in a few weeks or a couple months I will try again because I don't like to leave a book unread, but until then I'll look elsewhere for a good read.
jenniferjuni on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book meanders, and there wasn't much of a plot. The title doesn't make a lot of sense, because the "tarantula woman" character doesn't even show up until maybe a third of the way through, and she isn't the main focus.In summary: I learned a lot about Mexican prostitutes, but didn't enjoy the process.
Alvaro77 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is about an American who lives on the border of Mexico and El Paso. He spends most of his time hanging out in the bars of the border town Juarez. He writes letters for prostitutes to supplement his income and to get money to drink and have sex with the bar prostitutes. The author does a good job of bringing to life the poor conditions of the area and the desperation of some of the prostitutes wanting to leave the life and come to America, but the story never really comes together. He spends a good portion of the book drunk and hanging out. The Tarantula Woman is a prostitute named Ysela. The author falls in love with her and tries to help her get to the US but in the end he fails and so does the relationship. Overall, the book was not well organized.
vampira1w on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very interesting, raw and graphic book. It was a quick read and not something I would usually read, but the characters were very emotional and real. I would consider reading works by this author again in the future.
RobbFlynn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Let me start out by saying I abandoned Tarantula Woman around page 110. The story follows an American writer drifting through life in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While the style of the narrative is reminiscent of Kerouac's On the Road, the story itself isn't nearly as compelling and seems to wander aimlessly without the sense of urgency and interconnectedness that makes Kerouac's work so hypnotic.While I think this was a deliberate choice O'Donovan made, I found it left me with very little interest in what was happening with and to the characters. Moreover, I also felt utterly ambivalent about each and every character, which was ultimately the reason I put the book away. I just didn't care one way or another about any of them, and that ambivalence only exacerbated the lack direction in the structure of the story.One very positive note, however...While I thought that some sections, particularly those focused on sexual encounters, were horribly overwritten, the vast majority of description and internal monologuing is quite wonderful. I really wanted to enjoy the book more than I did, if only for the quality of the writing, but in the end it just couldn't make up for my lack of empathy with the characters or my struggles with the lack of a strong plot.Based on this high quality, even though I didn't care for Tarantula Woman, I certainly wouldn't avoid other titles by Mr. O'Donovan.